I am running, dousing with my eyes, in search of our last hope.
"Maltzar!" I call as his life energy draws closer. I am nearing
. He is almost at the rope bridge to the desert. I break from the forest and charge across the Lanayru Province , my drapes whipping behind me. I see him. Moore
"MALTZAR!" He turns. Shock and confusion light his face at the sight of me.
"Mal!" I pant, not at all used to the limitations of my human form. "We need you to come back. Link- he's trapped and Zelda has been captured!"
"Seriously?" Maltzar scoffs. "Seems they really can't keep it together without me."
"This is no time to joke." I snap. "Ghirahim is coming for Link. He could have him as we speak. Vaati says he's-"
"Whoa-whoa-whoa-whoa, Vaati? Since when was he on the baddies' team?"
"They are getting stronger Mal, more of them will continue to appear. It would seem Demise is creating an army of all the legendary tyrants from Hyrule's past. This is only the beginning! Please, Mal I need you to come."
"Can't Link get out. He always manages to."
"Not this time." I say. Maltzar groans angrily.
"I'm a stone's throw away from my home. My parents could be waiting for me! The answer to my memories is across this bridge and you want me to come back because of their mistake?" he fumes. I cannot believe what I am hearing.
"Are you really that selfish?!" I ask. "Ever since I joined, you have been nothing but a foul mouthed, hot-headed nuisance!"
"Yeah? Well you certainly seemed to like it." He growls leaning in on me. I slap him. That felt good. But his expression wounds me.
"Fi." he breathes softly, his face like a child's, lonely and hurt. I stand my ground.
"Go find your parents!" I shove him. "See if I care! You clearly don't. But know this! If you don't come back, both Link and Zelda will die."
Maltzar is still looking at me like that. My heart slowly melts. We grab each other at the same time and our lips become one.
"Where are they?" He breaks away too soon. Remembering my cause, I lead him back to
. Faron Forest
When we return to the wreckage of Link's home, I pull Maltzar into the bushes. Ghirahim turns, his eyes missing us by inches. Gazing suspiciously in our general direction, I hold my breath and clap a hand over Maltzar's mouth. The Demon Lord slinks off.
"Hello, dearest." he simpers sarcastically. We move behind a tree to see. Link is still trapped in a cage of black shadows, arms gripping every part of him. I can tell he has been struggling wildly. He is in the most uncomfortable of positions. He glares murderously up at Ghirahim. "I've longed for this moment to see you so helpless: a lamb for the slaughter."
Maltzar tenses and I hold him back.
"Take me, Maltzar." I say, "Take my hilt." I open my chest gem and reveal the handle of the Master Sword. "By the will of my Master, I will let you wield me this once."
I can tell Maltzar doesn't like the idea of "using" me, as he would put it. But his hesitation breaks when Ghirahim speaks.
"I have a gift for you, Link. Since you have been the poison to all our plans, I will now make you instead our remedy."
Maltzar draws the Master Sword and charges silently. Ghirahim turns catching my blade against his black rapier.
"Sword Hunter!" he spits. Maltzar parries him and goes for a stab. I taste bitter blood as my edge bites into Ghirahim's side. Then with one fell swoop, Maltzar swings me and shatters the black cage around my Master. He is free. Maltzar tosses me to him.
"Yours to finish!" He says. Ghirahim pounces on him.
"No!" I flip out of the sword.
"If you won't join us, Link. I'll make you fight your friends!" Ghirahim hisses. And with that he forces a mask onto my Maltzar's face. A heart shaped mask with purple and red tribal designs and big frightening yellow eyes.
"NO!" Link charges but it is too late. Maltzar falls to his knees clawing at it, trying to get it off, but the wood is forming to his face, merging with his skin.
"Welcome to our side, Sword Hunter." Ghirahim taunts. A tortured scream rushing out of Maltzar. Link swipes at Ghirahim but he vanishes in a splash of diamonds. "I'm no longer your worries, Link" his voice laughs on the air. "Maltzar is...or should I say...Majora?" His lips are at my ear whispering the name. I swipe at him again and he disappears.
"Mal?" I say fearfully. He has stopped moving. The vibrant colours of the mask now paint his whole body. His eyes are crazed and yellow. And his hair has turned into a long mane of red tentacles that writhe. He gets to his feet, tall and muscular. Perhaps a bit more than before. A deep sound, breathes out of him and breaks into laughter like distant thunder. Link readies himself, his brow anguished.
"FREE!" Majora screeches, his eyes wide and piercing. "FREE WITH THE LIFE OF A NEW PUPPET! A STRONG PUPPET! HA HA AHA HAAAA!" he contorts as if the laughter hurts him. Suddenly his eyes are green and frightened.
"L-Link!" Maltzar chokes, spit stringing from his trembling lip.
"SEE IF YOU CAN BRING YOURSELF TO KILL THIS ONE!" cackles Majora, his eyes flashing yellow again. "DO YOU HAVE IT IN YOU? COULD YOU? WOULD YOU DESTROY THIS LIFE? SO INNOCENT! SO HELPLESS? HAAA HA HAAHAH AAAAA!"
He falls at Link's feet, clawing at him like a drowning man. It's Maltzar.
"Link! Help me!" He gasps tears running down his patterned face. "Make her stop! Make it stop! Please!" He begs. "Kill me!" He falls back laughing as he kicks and struggles as if pierced by invisible weapons.
"OH LISTEN TO HIM PINE! LISTEN TO HIM SQUEEL!" Majora laughs while Maltzar's body shakes and squirms. I am crying. I can't stop the sound from coming out of me.
"Link! She's gonna- Aaaaaaah! Kill me now! Do it! -Before she-" His chest thrusts and he opens with a silent scream. Link slowly raises the Master Sword. I jump in front of him.
"Master, forgive me, but I won't let you."
"She's torturing him," Link says. "And do you realize how dangerous Majora is?" he asks, but I can see the pain on his face. "She...she is weak. This may be our only chance."
"No, she is already too strong for us. But there is another way." I say. Maltzar shakes and convulses, whiplashing his head into the ground, frothing at the mouth. I am having trouble keeping it together. Majora is torturing him...for fun, while she drinks up his life force for herself.
"We must find the rival mask of power of the spirit Fiirce: The Fierce Deity Mask!" tears run down my face. "There may be a way to save Maltzar without killing him- please, Master!"
Link swallows. I see he's shaking.
"And if I lose my soul to Fiirce, what then?" he asks.
"I will be there to pull you out." I say, confident despite my tears.
"Where is it?"
"Termina- beyond the outer islands."
He sheaths me.
"Let's go." We run.
"FLEE!" Majora howls. "RUN WHILE YOU CAN!" He rises smiling, gobs of spit flying from his teeth. "BUT YOU WON'T GET FAR!" he points shaking with excitement. "FOR I WILL CONSUME...CONSUME EVERYTHING!" He cackles throwing back his head, arms outstretched. Rumbling trickles down from the sky. We look up and stop. The moon! The moon that had just risen with the evening was swelling before our eyes. It ignites with a blaze like the sun and bits fly off like shooting stars. The moon is falling.
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